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Tool of the week – Flumotion!

I came across this recently and well it deserves it’s own recognition. Also, because I don’t want to forget about it as it maybe something I can use in the near future. Flumotion is a media streaming server.

It can do live streaming including live HTTP streaming and on-demand content. It is open-source and can support numerous formats and in many cases can be preferred over Flash Media Streaming Servers and others like it.

Built upon proven and tested free software solutions

The Flumotion Streaming Server is built upon a platform of proven free software solutions. We have currently focused on the Linux platform for our main development. Flumotion is mainly written in the extremely popular Python language.

The high-level functionality is built on top of Twisted. The low-level functionality is built on top of GStreamer.

Easy to use administration tool

Flumotion features an easy to use setup and administration tool which is closely integrated with the design of Flumotion. For some screenshots of these tools in action please take a look at the screenshots page.

Wide hardware support

Due to the developers’ decision to focus on supporting the GNU/Linux operating system, we have support for a wide range of audio and video input devices supported by the operating system.

Flumotion currently supports streaming from webcams, TV capture cards, FireWire DV cameras and the OSS and ALSA sound systems.

Distributed design

Flumotion has a distributed design, making it easy to spread the load over multiple machines, allowing you to do advanced media manipulation and stream generation. No matter how many different streams or multiple versions of the same stream you want to do, or different formats, or overlays, Flumotion can easily scale to handle it by distributing the load onto serveral machines.

Commercial support

While Flumotion is a free software product using the widely accepted GPL license, it has the advantage of having a commercial company behind it. This means that there is also commercial support and extra functionalities available.

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  1. June 29th, 2010 at 08:27 | #1

    I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  2. September 29th, 2010 at 07:46 | #2

    This is interesting. I have been researching on a linux streaming media server. Thank you for pointing me int he right direction.

    • September 29th, 2010 at 21:28 | #3

      There are a few others you might want to check out…
      I am really becoming a big fan of Wowza over FMS (Flash Media Server)…

      First, because it’s cheaper and it can do multiple formats…can listen in on a multicast address and distribute out in several different formats.
      Red5 has been out there as well.

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